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Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books

Emblem books are a genre of illustrated books that was popular from the 16th to the 18th centuries in Europe. Emblem books contain illustrations that often visually represent or illustrate a moral fable or an allegory. The illustration is often paired with a phrase of text, like a motto or an epigram,that further explains the image. Many emblem books serve a didactic purpose and explain virtues, vices, religious principals etc. through words and image. Many significant artists, authors, and engravers contributed to the creation of emblem books and the texts compiled by Andrea Alciati and Cesare Ripa are celebrated examples of the genre.

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ripa, cesare, 1560-1645
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Signatures: A * 2* 3* 4*⁴ ²A B-4A a-d e⁴
Topics: Signs and symbols, Cryptography, Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems
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by Bosch, Jacob; Wolffgang, Johann Georg W., 1664-1744; Müller, Jacob, 18th cent
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The plates are engraved by J.G. Wolfgang and Jacob Müllert
Topics: Symbolism, Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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First published in 1593, without illustrations
Topic: Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Jantz Collection; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Illustrated moral emblems, with descriptions of those depicted and of others on the same subject
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
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by Ferro, Giovanni, 1582-1630; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Engraved title-pages
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Italian
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Engraved frontispiece; 78 copperplates of emblems
Topics: Emblems, Signs and symbols
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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First published in 1593, without illustrations
Topic: Emblems
Edited by J. Micyllus
Topic: Mythology, Classical
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by Haeften, Benedictus van, 1588-1648; Boëtius, à Bolswert, ca. 1580-ca. 1663
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Signatures: (:)⁸, A-2V⁸
Topic: Emblem books, German
Landwehr, J. Romantic emblem books
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
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by Saavedra Fajardo, Diego de, 1584-1648; Sadeler, Johann, d. 1665
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Signatures: )(⁴·⁴ *² A-Aaaaa⁴ Bbbbb⁶ (Bbbbb6 blank)
Topics: Political science, Education of princes, Emblems, Kings and rulers
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by Cartari, Vincenzo, b. ca. 1500; Malfatti, Cesare, b. ca. 1550
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Engraved title page
Topic: Mythology, Classical
Topic: Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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First published in 1593, without illustrations
Topic: Emblems
Engraved t.p
Topics: Gregory XIII, Pope, 1502-1585, Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
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by Cartari, Vincenzo, b. ca. 1500; Pignoria, Lorenzo, 1571-1631; Malfatti, Cesare, b. ca. 1550
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Topic: Mythology, Classical
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Jantz Collection; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Illustrated moral emblems, with descriptions of those depicted and of others on the same subject
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Horapollo; Leemans, Conradus, 1809-1893
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Text in Greek and Latin
Topic: Egyptian language
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by Engelgrave, Henricus, 1610?-1670; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Title page in v. 3: Lucis evangelicae ... pars tertia. Hoc est Caeleste pantheon sive caelum novum in festa et gesta santorum totius anni ..
Topics: Emblem books, Church year meditations
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Topic: Emblems
First edition
Topic: Emblems
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by Goltzius, Hubert, 1526-1583; Ble, Jacob de, b. 1586; Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640
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Title page, engraved, has note: "Pet. Paul Rubenius inuenit."
Topics: Numismatics, Roman, Numismatics, Greek, Inscriptions, Latin
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Landwehr, J. Romantic emblem books
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
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by Horozco y Covarrúbias, Juan de, fl. 1589-1608; Covarrubias y Leyva, Diego de, 1512-1577
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Title vignette: arms and emblem of the dedicatee; repeated on 16v, [102]r, and half titles
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Spanish
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Colophon dated: 1610
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Title vignette (arms of Mateo Regii)
Topics: Political science, Kings and rulers, Emblem books
The illustrations include 26 emblematic copperplates, of which 16 are derived von O. van Veen's Emblemata Horatiana, 4 emblematic plates depicting the seasons and other plates. Cf. Landwehr, John. Dutch emblem books
Topic: Emblems
Topic: Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Topic: Emblems
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by Engelgrave, Henricus, 1610?-1670; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Title page in v. 3: Lucis evangelicae ... pars tertia. Hoc est Caeleste pantheon sive caelum novum in festa et gesta santorum totius anni ..
Topics: Emblem books, Church year meditations
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Third ed., cf. Introduction to Olms reprint ed., Hildesheim, 1970
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
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by Mendo, Andrés, 1608-1684; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Engraved title vignette: device of Boissat and Remeus
Topics: Emblem books, Spanish, Emblems, Kings and rulers, Education of princes
Landwehr, J. Romantic emblem books
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641
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Parts 2-3 have separate title-pages with imprint date 1624
Topic: Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Topic: Emblems
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by Cats, Jacob, 1577-1660; Swelinck, Jan; Venne, Adriaen Pietersz. van de, 1589-1662
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Engraved t.-p
Topic: Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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First published in 1593, without illustrations
Topic: Emblems
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by Krul, Jan Hermansz, 1602-1646; Urfé, Honoré d', 1567-1625. Astrée
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Added t.p. engraved
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Third ed., cf. Introduction to Olms reprint ed., Hildesheim, 1970
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
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Descriptive text on versos facing full-page illustrations
Topics: Plants, Animals, Emblems
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by Mendo, Andrés, 1608-1684; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Engraved title vignette: device of Boissat and Remeus
Topics: Emblem books, Spanish, Emblems, Kings and rulers, Education of princes
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by Saavedra Fajardo, Diego de, 1584-1648; Astry, James, Sir
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Translation of Idea de un principe politico-christiano
Topics: Political science, Kings and rulers
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Topic: Emblems
Colophon: Acheuees d'imprimer ce dernier iour de decembre, pour la premiere edition, 1588
Topic: Emblems
Running title: Empresas politicas
Topics: Political science, Kings and rulers
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ruscelli, Girolamo, d. ca. 1565; Franceschi, Francesco de; Ruscelli, Vincenzo, fl. 1583. Quarto libro delle Imprese illustri con figure di stampe di rame; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Engraved t.p. title within ornamental border
Topics: Heraldry, Devices (Heraldry)
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A collection of 10 poetical works, each of which has its separate t.p. engr., with imprint: T'Amstelredam, Ghedruckt by P.I. Slyp, 1634; and a separate pagination; with a collective t.p. and portrait of the author prefixed
Topics: Dutch poetry, Part songs, Music
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Bèze, Théodore de, 1519-1605; Lectius, Jacobus, 1556?-1611; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Sylvae.--Elegiae.--Epitaphia.--Epigramm.--Icones.-- Emblemata.--Cato Censorivs.--Abrahamus sacrificans.--Canticum canticorum
Topics: Jonah (Biblical prophet), Bible, Emblem books, Latin, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Caussin, Nicolas, 1583-1651
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Vol. 2 has title: Polyhistor symbolicvs. Electrorum symbolorum, & parabolarum historicarum stromata, XII. libris complectens ..
Topics: Egyptian language, Symbolism, Mythology, Egyptian
Edited by Jacobus Micyllus
Topics: Mythology, Classical, Astronomy, Ancient, Astronomy, Greek
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ricci, Vincenzo, fl. 1626; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Landwehr, J. Romantic emblem books
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems, Virtues, Virtues in art, Vices, Vices in art
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ruscelli, Girolamo, d. ca. 1565; Franceschi, Francesco de; Ruscelli, Vincenzo, fl. 1583. Quarto libro delle Imprese illustri con figure di stampe di rame; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Engraved t.p. title within ornamental border
Topics: Heraldry, Devices (Heraldry)
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Translation of: Zodiacus Christianus locupletatus
Topics: Predestination, Emblems, Emblem books, English
Includes index
Topic: Mythology, Classical
Includes Latin, Italian, French, German, Spanish, and English proverbs as well as Dutch
Topics: Emblems, Proverbs, Emblem books, Dutch
Topics: Biography, Portraits
Topics: Catholic Church, Saints
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by Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550; Mignault, Claude, ca. 1536-1606; Pignoria, Lorenzo, 1571-1631
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Historiated title page; tail ornaments
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Conti, Natale, 1520-1582; Linocier, Geoffroi, fl. 1584; Tritonio, Marco Antonio, 16th cent; Sylburg, Friedrich, 1536-1596; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Title vignette
Topic: Mythology, Classical
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems
Title printed in red and black
Topic: Emblem books, Dutch
Title vignette
Topic: Emblems
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by Bargagli, Scipione, d. 1612
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"Delle lodi dell accademie. Oratione di Scipion Bargagli, M.D.LIX. Riformata ... e ristampata": p. 511-545
Topics: Emblems, Devices (Heraldry)
Emblems engraved by A. Flamen
Topic: Emblems
Illustrated t.-p
Topics: Emblem books, Dutch, Emblems
Topics: Catholic Church, Saints
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Title within illustrative border
Topics: Numismatics, Roman, Coins, Ancient, Medals, Roman
Pt. 2 of Guldlen-spiegel has special t.p.; Thamars ontschaakingh and Vermakelycke bruylofskroon have special title pages and separate paging
Topic: Emblems
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by Poirters, Adrien, 1605-1674
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Landwehr, J. Emblem and fable books (1988)
Topics: Horace, Emblem books, Dutch
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems